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Sunday, May 6 • 11:00am - 11:50am
The Fandom Thread

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We inhabit a world of multiple and intersecting fandoms and nerdities. Fandom has always included an intersection of people interested in technologies, SF, fantasy, comics, horror, cosplay, alongside people devoted to one specific franchise or author. These variations and divisions have been heightened by recent cultural developments. Gaming of various sorts has bred multiple fandoms. Many mainstream readers embrace science fiction and fantasy. Whereas fans once had a couple of genre shows and movies at any one time and pretty much everyone had some familiarity with them, we now have a surfeit of franchises. Finally, the internet allows people with once-marginal interests to find each other-- it may even negate the need for Cons.

This panel seeks to examine the complexity of fandom in the twenty-first century, its intersections and its complications.

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JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio grew up in northern Ontario and now lives midway between Detroit and Toronto with his wife, Nancy. His novel, "The Con" appeared to positive reviews in late November 2020 while 2022 saw "Live Nude Aliens and Other Stories," a collection of previously-published and new fiction... Read More →
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Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author whose first novel, City of Shattered Light, released fall 2021 (with a sequel to come spring 2023). A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern... Read More →

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
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